The Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics is one of the nationâs premier health policy research centers.Â Housed jointly in the School of Pharmacy and Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC), its mission is to measurably improve value in health care through evidence-based policy solutions, research excellence, and private and public sector engagement.Â A communications team supports a sophisticated dissemination strategy to ensure Schaeffer Center research informs health policy.Â In addition to assisting in the publication of policy-relevant, peer-reviewed journals, the team produces white papers, issue briefs, opinion pieces, e-newsletters, and creative data visualizations and graphics.Â Center experts are frequently cited by the media, White House, Congress, the Congressional Budget Office, the Federal Reserve Board, and other agencies.
A diverse staff of 40+ work alongside 60+ fellows to ensure the Centerâs activities are rigorous, independent, and policy-relevant.Â This includes research staff (directors, administrators, and specialists), a finance team, and media and communications experts.Â The Center also supports a microsimulation group and a programmer core with access to models, methods, and an extensive data library.
The Schaeffer Center is seeking a Project Manager to manage multiple Schaeffer Center projects or programs of various sizes and complexity within the COVID Initiative.Â Through the COVID Initiative, the Schaeffer Center has been at the forefront of analyzing the COVID-19 pandemic, including assessing testing strategies, understanding the value of treatments, and surveying Americanâs behavioral responses to the pandemic.Â The Project Manager will manage all phases of large project grants and any subcontracts.Â Provides leadership and direction for day-to-day project operations and administrative activities.Â Identifies funding sources and opportunities. Authors technical proposals and/or works with researchers to develop project proposals. Interfaces with funding agencies to exchange information regarding project status and to build and maintain rapport to enhance opportunities for additional funding. Participates in the planning, design and development of project protocols, IRB approval and compliance, data acquisition and management, analysis and reporting of study results. Â Plans, organizes and schedules activities to meet objectives. Develops and implements operating policies, procedures and systems to support planned operations. Ensures these are well-documented and communicated to project personnel.
Successful candidates will have demonstrated advanced project management skills such as ensuring the project scope is aligned with the stated business or research objectives, setting and managing stakeholder expectations, managing and escalating issues and changes.Â This position requires developing and maintaining relationships with project stakeholders to obtain project objectives while working in a matrix project environment.Â A comprehensive and appropriate system development lifecycle and methodology is key.Â These activities will be performed independently with little supervision.Â The project manager is expected to work effectively on multiple projects, to set priorities and maintain schedules.
Work collaboratively with project stakeholders to develop a comprehensive project plan based on approved funding.Â Project plans will include: Scope, Schedule, Cost, Quality, Organization and Communications, Staffing, Risk and Issue Management, Test, Configuration, and Change Management.â Perform Project Planning. Create / build / update project schedules, project charters, project plans, status reports, and work breakdown structures.
Perform Project Scope Management.Â Effectively manage project work within the stated scope.
Perform Quality Management.Â Manage assigned projects and subprojects work efforts using appropriate rigor.
Perform project cost management.Â Manage estimated time to complete tasks.
Perform Issue & Risk Management.
Perform Communication Management. Create / implement project organization and communication plans which enable the project team to effectively work together to meet project objectives.
Perform Meeting Management.Â Prepare meeting agendas and meeting minutes, distribute meeting documentation, and maintain and monitor action item listings as necessary. Â Facilitate and lead meetings and steering committee meetings by being well-prepared and adhering to topics.
The successful candidate would have demonstrated excellence in managing the execution of a complex health policy undertakings, worked successfully with clinical, government, community, and academic stakeholders and thought leaders, demonstrated ability to successfully develop and organize project execution within scope, time and budget constraints, execute and manage multiple projects on tight timelines. Â Business development and grant writing experience is required.Â
Applicants must hold a Masterâs degree in Health Policy Analysis, Health Services Research, or related applied field.
The candidate must have extensive project management background and possess exceptional interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills.Â
This is a full-time position that requires strong organizational skills, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, budgeting, estimating and scheduling skills and an orientation to the details.Â The candidate must have experience supervising project staff.
Extensive track-record (five plus years) of work on large scale projects.
Strong institutional knowledge of the healthcare industry and policy issues.
Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of health policy and economic research methods.
Ability to balance numerous projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines.
Proactive and customer-oriented.
Superior presentation skills.
Experience in health policy research and/or research consulting is desirable.
Demonstrated track record in grant solicitation and publishing in peer reviewed journals is highly desired.
Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Position is 100% FTE on a 2-year (renewable) fixed term.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
Masters. Â Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
5 years. Â Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience
Minimum Field of Expertise
Education and experience directly related to field of research. Expert knowledge of field, statistical research, and fundraising.
Doctorate in Economics, HSR, Health Policy, or related field
Over 5 years professional work experience managing projects in health economics, and
2 years supervisory experience
Preferred Field of Expertise
Health Economics, Health Policy, HSR
The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.
Minimum Education: Master's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 5 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experienceMinimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and project administration experience in specialized field represented by project
Internal Number: REQ20094531
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